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As Tubah begins… Here’s some Middle Eastern food and drinks to keep you warm

Wednesday 09/January/2019 - 10:02 AM
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Today، Wednesday، 9-1-2019، begins one of Egypt’s most cold month، which is known as Tobi، also known as Tybi and Tubah.

This month is the fifth month of the Egyptian and Coptic calendars. It lies between January 9 and February 7 of the Gregorian calendar.

“Sada elBalad” offer you some Middle Eastern food and drinks to keep you warm in this weather:

Drinks 

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Spiced Ginger Coffee
A specialty of Yemen، this spiced coffee is perfect to keep you warm in the bitter winter mornings or comfort you during the long winter nights. Ginger، with all of its health benefits، will not only protect you from getting a cold during the winter but will help keep you warm and cozy with your hot cup of coffee.

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Green Tea with Mint
Originally from North Africa but loved by Arabs all over، this simple tea is both light and fragrant، with the perfect match of green tea، fresh mint، and sugar to awaken your senses. What better way to snuggle up by the fire than with the fresh scent of mint and the comfort of tea?

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Sahlab
With origins dating back to the Ottoman Empire، the rich creamy drink is the Middle Eastern version of hot chocolate and a staple beverage for the region.

It is traditionally made with milk and a powder made of tubers of the rare Orchis Macula plant. However، a variation made with milk، cornstarch and rosewater is also common when the orchid powder is not available. It is usually garnished with cinnamon، almonds or pistachios.

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karawiyah (Meghli)
Meghli، moghli، meghleh، or karawiyah، is a Levantine dessert based on a floured rice pudding and spiced with anise، caraway، and cinnamon.

The dish is often garnished with dried coconut flakes and various nuts including almonds، walnuts، pine nuts، and pistachios.

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Karkadeh (Sweet Hibiscus Tea)
Hibiscus tea is a herbal tea made as an infusion from crimson or deep magenta-coloured calyces of the roselle flower. It is consumed both hot and cold. It has a tart، cranberry-like flavour، and sugar or honey is often added to sweeten it.

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Hummus Sham (Halabisa)
Warm، spicy، hot and filling drink. If you are a hummus lover، then you will like this.

Food

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Foul Meddamas
It might not have the prettiest of presentations، but there’s a reason why this warm fava bean and lemon dish is a favorite! Cooked until the soup is at a thick consistency، this simple dish of fava beans، parsley، onion، and lemon is a perfect comfort dish to fill you up on a cold winter’s night; and is made even more delicious when paired with soft bread for dipping!


Red Lentil Soup
For something a little simpler، try cozying up next to the fire with the Arabic red lentil soup، best served with a squeeze of fresh lemon for extra zing. Any soup during the long winter months deserves a warm welcome، and this one won’t disappoint you with the fullness of lentils and light flavors to compliment the harshness of winter weather.

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Mansaf
The national dish of Jordan، mansaf is jokingly known as the dish that will put anyone who eats it to sleep—because of the warm flavors and the somewhat heavy nature of its ingredients. Made of succulent lamb cooked in milk and yogurt and then poured while still hot over warm bread or flavorful rice، this dish is without doubt the king of all winter dishes in the Arab world.

 
Shakshuka (Poached Eggs in Tomato-Chili Sauce)
Shakshuka’s origins can be traced to North Africa، and this a piquant one-skillet dish can be enjoyed for breakfast، dinner، or just about anything in between. The most typical variation involves a tomato and red pepper sauce spiced with hints of cumin، paprika، and cayenne، reports The New York Times. Eggs are then cracked over top of the pan، cradled، and cooked to perfection in the zesty sauce.

This Shakshuka incorporates feta cheese، which melts nicely into the dish for added texture and depth of flavor. 

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Dumbay Ki Nihari (Pakistani Slow-Cooked Lamb Stew)
You’ll forget all about the chilly weather after one bite of this spicy Pakistani Dumbay Ki Nihari stew. The slow-cooked lamb dish is packed with exotic notes of fennel، cumin، coriander، cloves، and cardamom for a comforting taste of Pakistani culture. Saveur points out that the dish’s name derives from the Arabic word nahaar، which means “day” — referring to the lengthy cooking process required to extract the fullest، most divine flavors from your lamb meat and bone. Trust us: It’s worth the wait! This recipe from Saveur yields 4 servings.

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Quwarmah Ala Dajaj (Kuwaiti Curried Chicken)
It’s easy to see why CNN highlights this curried chicken among its list of the 20 top Middle Eastern foods. Quwarmah Ala Dajaj، a staple Kuwaiti dish، steeps tender chicken meat in a boldly spiced tomato-lime sauce. The flavors of cinnamon، ginger، and clove come into play with each zesty bite، making it an excellent (and exotic) comfort food to enjoy during the dull days of winter. Food.com’s recipe takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to make، and yields 4 servings.

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Muhammara (Hot Pepper Dip)
If you’re looking for some spiced، snack-able goodness drawing from Middle Eastern influences، you can’t go wrong with Muhammara، a spiced red pepper and pomegranate sauce deriving from Aleppo، Syria. The Culinary Institute of America’s book Garde Manger notes that to make the pomegranate molasses required for the dish، you can simply cook ripe pomegranate and sugar to a thick، jam-like consistency over the stove. This is a spectacular and low-maintenance dish، perfect for dipping pita triangles or any veggies of your choosing. Love and Lentils’ recipe yields 1¾ cups.

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Kousa Mahshi (Stuffed Zucchini)
Go Lightly Gourmet credits the Middle East’s historic affinity for stuffed vegetable dishes with the continued popularity of Kousa Mahshi. This dish can be altered to suit a vegetarian diet by replacing the meat with ½ cup of cooked، mashed chickpeas and ½ cup of pine nuts. The recipe serves 4 to 5 people and is a wonderful antidote to the brisk chill of winter.

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Baked Kibbeh
Kibbeh، a minced meat dish containing bulgur wheat and spices، is the national dish of Lebanon، reports NPR. Rosa’s Yummy Yums notes that while the dish is often prepared in ball or torpedo shapes، it can also be baked into a meatloaf-like dish and served as for a cozily spiced and family-friendly dinner dish. This Baked Kibbeh recipe، adapted from Claudia Roden’s Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco، Turkey، and Lebanon، yields 4 servings.

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